Religion: Nation of Islam
Abdul Hafeez Muhammad: "My mother was a Jehovah’s Witness, my father was a 33rd degree Mason and they gave birth to a Muslim minister. I don't know how that happened. [laughter] I came up in the streets of Brooklyn. One of my brothers that I grew up with introduced me to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan with an audiocassette tape. And when I heard his preaching and teaching and the bearing of witness of God and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and his defense of black people and his love for that which is right for every human being, it attracted me. And there was my journey into the Nation of Islam. I went to one of the mosques and struggled for a moment, saying that I'm God, I would later learn that I am, I'm just a little g, not the big G, so therefore I have to fall in and to submit to protocols, reforms, and laws. It took some adjustment but I did. Our regional mosque of the east coast region is Muhammad Mosque Number Seven in Harlem. I'm a Muslim who's in the streets, that's my main worship. Jesus said that he would be in the highways and the byways to reach the people in Palestine. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was in the streets of Mecca and Medina, warning the people against idolatry. I pray to the almighty God whom I say His proper name is Allah, which means the all wise, the all one, the true and living god that all life comes from, the creator of all living things. God created me and He created you and He called us forth for His service, and my faith tells me to accept my own and be myself. I'm a student of all of the scriptures. I'm a Muslim, I'm a Christian, I'm a Jew, I'm all of that as my leader and teacher Minister Farrakhan has taught me that we are the same. God it the author of peace and that’s what it is to be a Muslim. Jesus says in the Bible, “He who seeks to keep his life shall lose it. But he who seeks to give it, shall have everlasting life." It doesn't mean die, it means in the service of others. So that's how we touch the lives of others to make their lives better. The knowledge of God, the knowledge of other than self."